Living with High Blood Pressure

If you have recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure, or are concerned that you are at risk, it is important to know that you are not alone. According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against the vessel walls. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, means the heart has to work harder to pump blood to the body and can contribute to the causes of stroke, kidney disease and heart failure. Keeping a healthy blood pressure can be managed with exercise, a heart-healthy diet and medication.

If you have recently been diagnosed by your healthcare provider with hypertension, it is important to follow their recommendations. With proper treatment and management, you can control your blood pressure and continue to live a long and healthy life.

Many times there are no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, however when left untreated it can cause damage to your circulatory system. This means preventative care such as checking your blood pressure regularly and discussing your health and lifestyle with your clinician are important ways to keep ahead of this condition. MHC Healthcare has many clinicians located throughout Pima County who are available to help you track your blood pressure and help design the best plan to manage your hypertension. Call (520) 682-4111 to make an appointment.